The World Bank has approved $130.8m in financing to support the $150.80m Uganda Roads and Bridges in the Refugee Hosting Districts Project, which aims to ease trade while improving access to social services in the West Nile sub-region of Uganda.
Philippine Infradev’s wholly-owned unit Makati City Subway has awarded an EPC contract, worth $1.2bn, to China Construction Second Engineering Bureau for the construction of the $3.7bn Makati Subway Project.
The World Bank has agreed to provide a loan of $750m in International Development Association (IDA) financing to support the upgrade of road and other communication infrastructure in Kenya.
Norwegian road authority Nye Veier has selected BERINOR ANS, a joint venture of Besix and Rizzani de Eccher, to further develop the E6 Moelv-Roterud motorway project.
World Bank has signed an $82m financing deal with the state government of Himachal Pradesh in India to fund the $303.4m Himachal Pradesh State Roads Transformation Project to improve traffic flows on priority segments of the state’s core road network.
Strabag’s subsidiary Strabag Rail, in consortium with Czech partner OHL ŽS, has been awarded a €106m contract to upgrade 9.6km section of track from Dětmarovice to the Polish border in the Czech Republic.
Engineering services provider Egis and its subsidiary Projacs have secured a contract from Riyadh Airports to project management consultancy services for airside projects at King Khalid International Airport (KKIA).
Construction has officially commenced on the UK’s £106bn HS2 high-speed rail project, which runs between London and Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.
The Province of British Colombia in Canada has awarded a contract, worth C$1.728bn ($1.31bn) to a joint venture (JV) of Spanish firm Acciona and Italian company Ghella to deliver the C$2.83bn ($2.08m) Broadway Subway Project.
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has agreed to provide €50m to the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality for the Izmir Metro Expansion Phase 4 in Turkey.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved $274.2m financing to upgrade 240km of highway in the western part of Uzbekistan.
Construction technology group Strabag, in a joint venture with Leonhard Weiss, has secured €700m contract for the construction of a 31km section of the A49 public-private partnership motorway project in Germany.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to invest €650m to fund the construction of 32.4km metro line in Kanpur in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
The Western Australian Government has selected Raubex Construction as the preferred contractor for the first stage of the A$85m ($62m) Bussell Highway dual carriageway project, a road connecting Capel Bypass and Hutton Road.
HS2, the company responsible for developing the UK's new high-speed rail network, has secured planning approval from Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council for the Birmingham Interchange station to be built in Solihull, England.
Strabag, an Austrian construction company, has won two railway construction contracts worth €192m from Deutsche Bahn’s subsidiary DB Netz in eastern Germany.
The Government of Alberta in Canada and TransPod have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to support the development of TransPod's 1,000kmph hyperloop transportation system to connect the cities of Edmonton and Calgary. The MOU allows TransPod, the startup that is building the TransPod system, to initiate the process of attracting private investment for the multi-billion-dollar project. The TransPod transportation system is being developed to carry passengers and cargo in a low-pressure tube environment at 1,000kmph. The fossil-fuel-free, fully-electric system is touted to be a new generation of ultra-high-speed ground transportation that is being developed for construction around the world. As part of the MOU, Alberta will support TransPod in undertaking further study on the feasibility of developing its technology in the province, share transportation information that may assist the company, work with TransPod’s officials to identify suitable land that can facilitate a safe track testing and take part in discussions with potential investors. Alberta Minister of Transportation Ric McIver said: “By supporting TransPod’s feasibility study, Alberta Transportation will provide important information contributing to the research, development, testing, and construction of a full inter-city TransPod line between Edmonton and Calgary.” TransPod said that the government has not committed any financing to the project, which will be executed in phases: feasibility study (2020-2022), research and development phase (2020-2024), test track construction and high-speed tests (2022-2027) and construction of a full inter-city line between Edmonton and Calgary (to begin in 2025). The project is expected to create up to 38,000 jobs over 10 years and reduce carbon emissions of Alberta by up to 300,000 tonnes annually. TransPod co-founder and CEO Sebastien Gendron said: “Alberta’s leadership mindset and partnership with TransPod firmly places it at the cutting edge of transportation innovation. “Through this strategic agreement that secures the province’s economic future without having to commit any taxpayer dollars, the Government of Alberta is investing in improving growth and quality of life in the region.”
Highways England in the UK has awarded a £108m contract to Balfour Beatty to design and build critical dual carriageway linking the M67 with the A57 in Mottram Moor, Greater Manchester.
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) in the US has awarded a $403.5m contract to SCR Constructors for the mainline construction of $2.3bn South Coast Rail project.
Dutch multinational public company Fugro has been awarded a contract by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in the US to provide site characterisation services in support of a $250m highway improvement project near Dallas.